I love to mediate and I am a huge fan of what it can do to transform the quality of your life.
It wasn’t always that way though. I had to struggle through a variety of meditations and meditation teachers until I found the ones that helped me to get out of my head and relax deeply in minutes.
How To Meditate For Beginners
Even though I have been meditating for 20+ years I still consider myself a beginner meditator. This way it keeps my approach to meditation fresh so that I don’t get stuck on the idea that I know everything there is to know about it.
In fact, I never know what my experience of meditation is going to be from one day to the next but this is precisely why I love it so much. It keeps me curious as to how meditation can impact my life and the lives of others that I connect with. Most of all though, it helps me to not have expectations around my meditations.
If you are new to meditation, or have been dipping your toe in the water for awhile but haven’t yet made your mind up if it is for you or not, all I can say is don’t give up. The only real enemy to experiencing all the benefits you hear about that meditation offers is the mind.
The last thing your mind wants to learn is how to be quiet – it hates being quiet. That’s why most people find it so difficult at first to meditate. It’s purely because the mind needs to be trained that it’s okay to slow down and even be silent for awhile.
You see, for the ego, which is really just the conditioned mind, it feeds off never ending thoughts and feelings about anything and everything it can wrap itself around. When the mind goes quiet, then the ego is not needed so it means it has to take a back seat for awhile.
That’s why people in general find it so challenging just to relax and be at peace with their lives. It’s because the ego doesn’t want to let go of being in control because when it does then for those moments it actually goes into the background and is not needed. This is exactly why some find it hard to go to sleep – because the ego doesn’t want to let go.
So when I think about the best way to explain to you how to meditate deeply when your new to meditation, it has to include the understanding that when you start out there will be an initial conflict with the mind until it you train it to let go.
How To Meditate Deeply
Now, this conflict can be resolved in minutes from the very first time you meditate. It’s just a matter of how you work with your mind. remember, the mind’s job is to stay busy and active, whereas in meditation you are asking it to give you some space to let go of thoughts and feelings for awhile.
The secret to quieting the mind is in the type of meditation you start out with. I would recommend you either do an active meditation like walking, running, or dancing, where you get to work with your body to help your mind quiet down, or do a mindfulness meditation.
Either of these will work in helping your mind to want to let go and relax. I specifically like mindfulness meditation because it uses the approach of being non-judgmental towards the mind and thoughts which in a sense validates the mind and gives it what it wants – attention. Once it knows that it’s not in danger, then it quiets down of it’s own accord.
Once you get the knack of being able to be mindful or your thoughts and feelings, then it is a cinch to meditate because you quickly start to have a sense of being detached from the mind and body. When this happens, then meditation happens naturally of it’s own accord.
The best way to really get a feel for what I am saying though is to have your own experience of it. Once you discover just how easy it is step back from the busy mind and quickly find a deep calm to arise inside you, then you will be hooked for life.
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